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A garden is at its best when the plants are allowed to grow with as little intervention as possible. A perennial bed that is planted well, should make it hard for the weeds to compete (though I do love weeding).

My neighbors will believe what's written in a book over what comes out of my mouth.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - there is something odd about white people complaining about invasive species.

I would love to add this book to my gardening library.

My eyes were also opened over the comment about insects vs. fruit. I know birds consume a huge amount of insects, but I've never seen comparison numbers between insects and fruit before. The book sounds like a worth-while read!

Sounds like a great book to read!!

What little 'lawn' I have is dry and brown since I live in an area of exceptional drouth. I also live in terror of fire starting in the parched grass since we have had so many large fires in Texas this summer--169 at last count. This is not covered in any of the comments on 'water or not water' the grass. The rest of the plantings are very stressed for lack of water also.

Pick me, please!

I think this book would go great with yesterday's peach/bourbon cocktail!

my lawn is native--or at least no effort on my part--plants because I refuse to put forth the effort. The flower and vegetable beds are another story altogether.
the book looks interesting so I hope I win it. Otherwise, I'll have to ask my library to get it.
as for wood mulches, that they would steal nitrogen makes some sense. I'd think decomposed leaves would be a plus though

I love your blog, it's funny, opinionated and right on the mark. I've been a gardener for 40 years, studied with Alan Chadwick and have taught edible landscaping for 30 of those years. It's great to see it at the crest of the wave. Forget moralizing and start planting. My favorite gardens are both beautiful and bountiful.

I thought that the nitrogen-depletion issue has been debunked here by contributors, hasn't it? In addition to branding sustainability as consuming few resources, I would also add that needs little intervention after establishment. But maybe that's tacit in talking about resource consumption. Sounds like an interesting read.

So what do I grow to encourage insects for the birds? Pollinators I understand, but who are the other insects and what do they want for supper (so they in turn can feed the birds).I need the book.

I have the book "The New American Landscape sitting right in front of me.
A very good book with a lot of information about gardening sustainably.
A quote from the book.
Rick Darke "Why natives?
My top three motives for cultivating indigenous plants are
to make a garden that reflects local materials,patterns, and processes,
to live closely with species that represent my region,
and to ensure that my garden plays an authentic role in sustaining local life and natural resources."
I may buy this book.

I would love to get a copy of this book.

A ton of good little tidbits.

Oooh, I want in on this one! thanks for the chance!

Our lawn is almost gone.

I am interested in the water portions of the book. I live just north of Naples - all of that water comes in the summer, leaving everyone high and dry in the winter and spring.

Looks interesting!

Great review! i can always read more about sustainable gardening, and ideals about the sustainable home garden and yard.

We've been trying to rehab a meadow to encourage wildlife to our property (and be firewise at the same time) and after wrapping up a very dry July and August, I would love to see what suggestions the contributors have to say in this book.

Could you imagine an entire neighborhood like that? :)

Pick Me Pick Me :)

The grass in our front yard has been going, going, gone for years. Now to the back!

would be an excellent compliment to my new rainbarrel that I am overly excited about. Number 4!

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